Moor Green Lakes Work Party – Clearing Tern Island

The first 2017 task for the Moor Green Lakes working party was to weed Tern Island. On a misty drizzling morning we were really delighted when 23 volunteers turned up to help, including several families.  With these numbers and some minor boating issues we split into two parties with some volunteers clearing willow from alongside Colebrook Lake North and the rest being ferried across to Tern Island.

The shore party pausing for tea

The shore party pausing for tea

Tern Island consists of a shingle bank with part of the island enclosed by a fence to prevent mink swimming ashore and attacking any nests. The island has to be cleared of weeds each year to provide the open shingle nest sites and this is usually a challenge for the working party.

Tern Island at the start of the day

Tern Island at the start of the day

By tea time both parties were hard at work and piles of cleared weeds started to appear.

Clearing the northern end of the island and loading weeds into the boat

Clearing the northern end of the island and loading weeds into the boat

Roger Murfitt explained that redshanks had nested on the island for the first time in 2016 and that they like a bit of cover.  An area within the fence was left uncleared in the hope that they will return this year.

Tern Island at the end of the day

Tern Island at the end of the day

This is the first time the working party has ever managed to completely clear Tern Island so many thanks to everyone, in particular those who came for the first time.  We hope you enjoyed yourselves and will join us again.   If you’d like to come along and lend a hand, the next Sunday task at Moor Green Lakes will be to clear scrub near Grove hide on the 12th February, meeting at 10:30am in the Lower Sandhurst Road Car Park.

Volunteer Leaders Duncan, Jon & Jane


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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